10 mixed media card ideas

I love the effect of stencils and mediums on cards. Here are 10 mixed media card ideas! :)

1. Skip the patterned paper.

Sometimes the thought of having to match your mediums to your patterned paper scraps can be so off-putting. So, just play with mediums and embellishments.

The tone-on-tone background [light modeling paste with Prima mask on white cardstock] serves as your "patterned paper" in a subtle way. The gold embellishments coordinate without being too matchy matchy. And the red bloom, green leaves and bling embellishment cluster just draws the eye to the focal point.

2. Try a little neon.

Too much neon can be a little scary. Use them in small doses for maximum impact.

A little texture with the corrrugated cardboard, pops of fun colours and patterned with the washi tape and a masked/misted backdrop for the focal point.

3. Go geometric

I love the abstract backgrounds created by residual mists. Add a little fiber paste with a geometric pattern stencil. The fiber paste dries to a semi-translucent finish for a cool textured background. 

4. Mix up the textures.

Pull the colours from the background and throw coordinating embellishments in various textures...washi tape, feather, crochet bloom, pearls, sequins...for a unified look.

5. Let your embellishment cluster take center stage.

Create a statement by creating an embellishment cluster in the centre of your card. 

6. Draw inspiration from stickers and washi tape.

The colours of the bold paint drips were pulled from the washi tape and sticker strip.

Zeus and Zoe party card

7. Use "white space" as a design element.

Apply light modeling paste with a stencil, spritz a little silver mist and create an embellishment cluster on top of it. The misted/textured background provides a shadow effect for embellishment cluster and the "white space" draws the eye to it.

Projects for Made With Love

8. Go for controlled mediums.

Too intimidated to try misting and splattering? Use crackle paints you can brush on and glitter glues on specific areas on your card. 

Mixed media card for Blue Fern Studios

9. Try a little wrapping tissue.

Scrunched up wrapping tissue creates incredible textures while remaining relatively flat. And when you spray mists, the inks seep between the creases and folds in really cool and unexpected ways.

Card for Lynnda

10. Echo the patterns.

The round fabric button and the floral charm mimic the misted stencil print for a cohesive pulled together look.

There you have it. 10 mixed media card ideas. Do you have a fave? Which technique would you be trying?

P/s: The cards are all linked to their original posts...


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lavina agarwal said...

Wow thanks Yvonne! This looks like written for me considering my recent mixed media encounters;)
Love how simply you put things together and it feels like it should have always been like that. .

Suman Pandit said...

Love all but my absolute fav is the last one :)

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

gorgeous card backgrounds! lovely colors!

Tone-Lill said...

Love the simplicity and forcefull effect by using self made colourful and patterns on the cards. So many brilliant ideas. Love them all but 7 is my favourite :) x

SD pooja said...

Fantastic tips Yvonne! All of them are gorgeous ..I loved the one inspired frm washi tapes geometric patterns most .

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

Lovely cards Yvonne! I am definitely gong to try these. Thank you so much for this post!

Sindhu said...

Lovely cards Yvonne! It's difficult to choose one favourite but I guess I love 6th and 7th cards a wee bit more than the rest. :)

Lizzyc said...

These look great and so many different ideas here too!

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW Yvonne! Such wonderful creativity here! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your amazing work and ideas with all of us! I truly appreciate your talents and love visiting your blog!

Lizzy Hill said...

You really do do AWESOME fave is still the last one with the PP button..I think it's the colors as well as that FAB bg...your bg's are AMAZING.....

Sherry Eckblad said...

Love the cards, so much inspiration. My favorite color card base is white with anything!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are sooooooooo amazing!!! I am loving the crackle paint!!!!!!

Hussena said...

OMG!!! these are all stunners, its hard to pick a fave !! ...I think i would definitely love to try different textures on a card especially seeing how the mixed media trend is so in right now :) ..The first card you made for Cath is just Magical in love with it :)

Sathya said...

Wow....Gorgeous cards, Yvonne..Each one is so unique..7 and 9 is my fav :) Love the textures by wrapping paper and lot of white space as focal point:)

Audrey Pettit said...

You are always so full of fabulous ideas and are completely inspiring to me! I love your designs with the fun mix of textures and mediums that you incorporate into your work. I really love all of these hard to pick a favorite....but I have to say I am absolutely in LOVE with your neon creation here! That, and all the other cards, too! ;)

Karon said...

Gorgeous cards. All of them!!! Love all the different textures and themes!

Cindy deRosier said...

My favorite is the tone-on-tone of #1. So pretty.

sandi said...

These are all sooooo beautiful and creative! You're so talented!

Lisa said...

They are all so gorgeous and creative!! Love them all...especially the last one!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Chunyuan said...

love them all, it is hard to pick a favorite.

Rose said...

awesome inspiration girl :)

Unknown said...

Can you see me smiling... Because I am.. I LOVE these.. Great job my friend.


Lynnda said...

You are just amazing Yvonne... Love these cards! hugs....x

Jasleen Kaur said...

Simply Fabulous cards! Thanks so much for the helpful list. Definitely on my 'to-do' list :) Glad to be following you.

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